Don’t be afraid to go overboard on your formal Thanksgiving table. Autumnal tones are reflected in the lavish floral arrangement, which is set against an antique Chinoiserie-style folding screen.
Formal Imari China by Royal Crown Derby sets the tone for a grand occasion, but scattered miniature pumpkins, kumquats, and loosely arranged flowers keep the mood easy.
If weather permits, set your table outdoors -- but be sure to provide shawls for cold-natured guests. Mix colors of the harvest, including the wine harvest, for a rich autumnal setting.
Carry the decor of your table around the space (such as on the mantel of this outdoor fireplace) to create a richly festive atmosphere.
Traditional elements such as pumpkins and transferware plates are mixed with rattan chargers and purple napkins to create a pleasing mix on the table.
If simplcity better suits your style, try a naturally elegant table. A wooden table is surrounded by chairs that don't match, but are cohesive in tone.
A simple linen cloth is topped by terra cotta and stone pots and urns filled to the brims with plants of varying color and texture.
Texture is the name of the game on this table. When paired with gleaming silver, nubby fabrics such as linen or burlap are elevated in style. Glassware shimmers against the matte, stone-colored plates, and a sprig of culinary herbs makes each placesetting special.
A nontraditional color scheme can still be festive. Here, deep plum-colored flowers, crystal, and linens evoke an autumn feel, and the pop of bright green (introduced in the china pattern) keeps things light.